Exact christening dates from old church books = estimated birth dates?

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Should exact christening dates from old church books (that do not have an exact birth date included) be entered as estimated birth dates? Pre-1800 the christening date is often the only officially entered date that comes close to the birth date.
in The Tree House by Birgit Korioth-Schmitz G2G Crew (880 points)

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I think you should put the christening date X in the biography (with source) and make the birth date as before X. Where censuses confirm a year consistently, I'd use that.
by anonymous G2G6 Pilot (256k points)

In Europe in the 18th century (and before) the Catholic churches often only entered the christening date, not the birth date. Catholic christening usually took place on the day of birth or one day thereafter (Ref. e.g. https://books.google.de/books?id=-uvYWoxLz9EC&pg=PA31&lpg=PA31&dq=Abstand+taufe+geburt+18.+jahrhundert&source=bl&ots=I7F5lkmyKW&sig=TtBV2DD8oLpLrjX8zJoDcuTKYcU&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiIioCDl7fPAhWHAsAKHX2vDwQQ6AEIHDAA#v=onepage&q=Abstand%20taufe%20geburt%2018.%20jahrhundert&f=false ). This changed around 1800 with the industrialization. They did not have any census.

That's fine if the evidence is there.

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